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Beltane Blessings!

30 Apr

Celtic Wheel of the Year, with the cardinal Turning Points of the Equinoxes and Solstices, and the fixed ‘Gates of Power’: BELTANE, Lammas, Samhain / Halloween, and Imbolc.

TAURUS prepares the ground for BELTANE, the mid-Spring Celtic, Pagan festival on April 30 / May 1 (in the middle of TAURUS).
It traditionally honours and celebrates fertility and fecundity of Nature!

Beltane is a Fire Festival. The word ‘Beltane’ originates from the Celtic God ‘Bel’, meaning ‘the bright one’ and the Gaelic word ‘teine’ meaning fire. Together they make ‘Bright Fire’, or ‘Goodly Fire’ and traditionally bonfires were lit to honour the Sun and encourage the support of Bel and the Sun’s light to nurture the emerging future harvest and protect the community.”
From the beautiful pagan page The Goddess & The Green Man out of Britain, with traditions and ceremonial recipes for the seasonal celebrations of the year.

 

Beltane is the time when the Green Man appears, Nature blossoms in full Spring, and when May Pole dances weave the masculine and feminine energies together.

Jumping over the Beltane (which means ‘bright fire’) bonfires kindles passion and fertility, while the Beltane ashes have protective powers.

 

Brings back sweet memories of May Pole dancing / weaving, and Beltane Fire jumping at the Corunum Yurt outside of Victoria, some years ago, and May Pole dances in my native Bavaria.
Precious Traditions in Community… based in Nature Spirituality.

Maybe a May Pole / circle dance opportunity arises again this year???

 

 

HAPPY BELTANE SEASON, dear Friends near and far!
For a fertile Spring, and a bountiful Summer!

 

 

 

 

© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger

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SPRING EQUINOX 2018 (March 20 at 9:15 am PDT): Happy Astrological New Year! Happy New ARIES!

19 Mar

It is the Astrological New Year (SUN enters ARIES)!

Happy New Year, Astrology Friends out there!

Celtic Wheel of the Year,
with OSTARA / Spring Equinox, Beltane, Litha, Lughnassad, Mabon, Samhain, Yule, and Imbolc.


SPRING EQUINOX is the day of equal daylight and night hours.

From tomorrow onward, the days are getting longer than the nights, in the Northern hemisphere – the reign of the SUN over the next 6 months until FALL EQUINOX.


It is one of the sacred Corner Stones of the natural yearly cycle (with its two Equinoxes, and two Solstices).

 

Easter (celebrated on the Sunday after the First Full Moon in Spring) was named after Ostara!

Yep, Easter is one of the few Christian festivals based on the Solunar calendar.

This year, the first Spring Full Moon will be on MARCH 31, and the day after, APR 1 will be Easter Sunday!

The spirit of Newness and Liberation is building, as the SUN enters ARIES, to approach URANUS (once a year!). Their encounter will be this year on APR 18, at the very end of ARIES.

And just before that, on APR 15, will be the First NEW MOON of the Astrological Year, with MERCURY, SUN, MOON, and URANUS, all in ARIES, and CHIRON going into ARIES too, on APR 17!
Quite the firecracker kickstarter, and breakthrough catalyst!

But patience please (I know, it’s hard for lightning fast ARIES), we’re not quite there yet!
More about the ARIES NEW MOON in the Astro~News dedicated specifically to that. Stay tuned.

 

Here’s the ‘birth chart’ of SPRING 2018:

Just look at that close alignment of the SUN at 0°00′ ARIES – the ‘Emergence Point’ where Life Awakens and Arises – just barely leaving behind CHIRON at the very end of PI (the New Moon on March 17 came with CHIRON!).

Out of the PISCEAN unifying waters of Oneness New Life arises.
Just as snow and ice have (hopefully) melted, the rivers are running again, and fresh Life shows up from the ground-up, and from the blossoming trees out and down!

Likewise, this is the time to let go and out-flow the old wounds and woes of Winter, and perhaps of the last 7-8 years with CHIRON in PI – and let their teaching become our healing agents.
And to rise again, into the freshness and newness and NOWness of Life!

 

Also, MARS the ruling planet of ARIES has just entered a new sign – CAPRICORN where it’s exalted (really well positioned), which helps to get the job done – whichever project you’re tackling these months, with motivated discipline, perseverance, maturity and integrity!
A great energy to start Spring – and it reaches over into Summer!
Check out the blog post for MARS into CAP for more cosmic downloads for this period (which basically extends until mid-Sept, incl. the MARS retro phase end of June to end of Aug)!
We’ll hear more from MARS in CAP over the months to come!

 

The fresh ARIES SUN will square MARS in CAP (building up all week) on Sat March 24:
So much energy built up – use it wisely and purposefully!

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Amazing how Nature always ‘accomplishes’ what needs to ‘get done’, and ‘just in time’.
Joyful Productivity!
Nature is such a model for being on purpose – nature-ally!

 

Cherry Blossom Bliss
Photo by Melanie, March 2018

 

Here are a few little Haikus I created yesterday spontaneously,
inspired by the Cherry Blossom Festival at the Victoria Art Gallery:

 

New Moon, now in Aries.

Cherry Blossoms
Such de-light-full Rebels.

 

Victoria in March –

Cherry Blossoms and Girls in Sandals
Ignore the calendar.

 

Cherry Blossoms 
At Equinox – 

Come Alive!

 

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© 2018 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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Happy Imbolc / Candlemas / Brigid’s Day – Spring Stirring!

1 Feb

Now, as the daylight hours are getting obviously longer, the middle of Winter is soon reached, as well as the midpoint of AQUARIUS:

We’re celebrating Imbolc / St. Brigid’s Day, Candlemas, and Groundhog Day (Feb 1/2).

Celtic Wheel of the Year, with the cardinal Turning Points of the Equinoxes and Solstices, and the fixed ‘Gates of Power’: Beltane, Lammas, Samhain / Halloween, and IMBOLC.

In the Gaelic / Celtic Calendar, Imbolc is one of the 4 fixed ‘Gates of Power’ of the Zodiac year!

In many areas of the Celtic world, this was the Fire Feast of Brigid the Irish Goddess of hearth and home – yes, more Goddess Celebration!
She is the keeper of the flame, the protector of the home, and a goddess of holy wells and springs. At Imbolc, her many aspects are being acknowledged, especially that of her role as a deity of transformation(!). 
As the world awakes from the dark slumber of Winter, it is time to cast off the chill of the past, and welcome the warmth of Spring.

Found in a beautiful Imbolc / St. Brigid’s post with lots of inspiration for creativity, crafts, recipes, and ceremony, to honour the season:
Some of the symbols attributed to Brigid are:

The Snowdrop. The first gift of Spring in the bleakness of Winter.

The Swan. The swan mates for life and represents loyalty, fidelity and faithfulness. Swan feathers are a powerful amulet.

The Flame. Imbolc is a Fire Festival and fire of all kinds is associated with Brigid – the fire of creativity, the protective hearth fire, and her fire wheel – the Brigid Cross, which heralds her as a Sun Goddess.

Brigid’s Cross. This is a traditional fire wheel symbol – found at the hearths of homes throughout Ireland and beyond as a symbol of protection. A customer in the shop recounted finding a hearth in Ireland, in recent years, adorned with over 200 Brigid Crosses – 200 years in the life of a hearth and a family, overlit and protected by Brigid.

Brigid Doll. A very old tradition involved the making of a Brigid doll which can be included in ceremony and/or placed in ‘Bride’s Bed’ to bring fertility and good fortune to the home.

The Serpent. In Celtic mythology Brigid was associated with an awakening hibernating serpent which emerged from its lair at Imbolc. Traditionally serpents were associated with creativity and inspiration – the powerful Kundalini energy of the Eastern Mysteries. Paths of earth energy were called serpent paths and at Imbolc they are stirred from their slumber.

Sheep. Brigid’s festival is at the beginning of lambing – eat ewe’s milk cheese!

Imbolc Colours: White and silver for purity, green for the fresh burst of life.”

With the VIRGO MOON today and tomorrow (Feb 1 / 2), in trine with SATURN and PLUTO in CAP, and in opposition with NEPTUNE in PI, it’s a wonderful time for Ceremony, for setting up altars and tuning into traditions and the seasons, working with the energies that nature provides, and being aligned!

Here in Victoria snow drops and even of the first cherry blossom variety have been sighted!
The ground is greening again (with SOO much rain that has come down…!)

Brigid’s blessings…!

And here’s a dedication by Ann Mortifee, from her wonderful book In Love with the Mystery:

“SPRING APPEARS

Just when you think the Winter will never cease, suddenly Spring appears.
So it is with sadness, sorrow, loneliness, or loss. Everything has its day and its season.
A new bud will appear where a barren twig lay empty. A fresh start will burst forth with the first green leaf. An unexpected possibility, a new life, will be felt among the ruins. 

Have faith. Expect the impossible. Trust the unfolding nature of life. Wait an eternity if need be.
Spring, inevitable, will surely come.”

 

Much Love, Seasonal and Celestial Blessings!

 

© Melanie Lichtinger 2018

 

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Sept 22: Fall Equinox / Mabon – Perfect Balance?

22 Sep

On the ‘symmetrical date’, at 1:02 pm PDT / 3:02 pm EDT / 9:02 pm GDT, the SUN will enter LIBRA.

 

Sydney Beach Circle

Amazing Sand Art by Jim Denevan, in Sydney AUS

 

Balance – Balance – Balance…

… is a big theme, not only at this seasonal time of year, and also for what’s been shown for a YEAR, with JUPITER in LIBRA (since Sept 9, 2016) coming to fruition now (JUPITER will enter SCO on Oct 10):

 

Let’s hold space, and find inner Balance, these times when it is more than ever required.

Wise choices result.

This year on FRI  Sept 22 at 1:02 pm PDT, the SUN crosses from VIRGO to LIBRA, the sacred point where ‘Perfect Balance’ resides:

On Sept 22 and 23, the days and nights are exactly equally long in the Northern and Southern hemisphere, as the SUN is exactly above the Equator!
Equi-nox literally means in Latin: Equal night.

Here’s a nice simple and clear astronomical illustration

 

Here is the chart of the FALL EQUINOX, as seen from Victoria BC.

Since it’ll be 1:02 pm PDT / 12:02 pm PST – that’s 2 min after exact noon, the SUN will be exactly overhead here on the West Coast, pointing at the Celestial Equator.
For some reason, my computer program gave me 1:05 pm PDT – 3 min later.

 

 

In the chart you also find:

PLUTO retro stationing in mid-CAP – to go direct / forward on Sept 28 – another still-point, to regenerate in simplicity, and listen to the wisdom of the BODY (the Sabian Symbol will tell us about it – blog post to come).

And MARS in VIR approaching opposition with NEPTUNE retro in PI (exact on Sept 24):
All the hustle around getting things straight and organized – can you release and let it go? Or, to build the bridge from VIR to PI: go with the flow, allow things to come together, and do your part.
Spiritual practice helps, and brings us (back) into Balance. Perhaps a new commitment to it, after the VIRGO New Moon and Equinox?

 

With the FALL EQUINOX, we are moving from the ‘Realm of the Sun’ – Spring and Summer in the Northern hemisphere when day light is longer than the night time, to the ‘Realm of the Moon’ – Fall and Winter, when night hours are longer than day light.

 

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Celtic Wheel of the Year, with Mabon – Fall Equinox – related to the West.

On this sacred Balance Point, we are celebrating one of the Four Solar Turning Points of the Year: Autumnal Equinox, a.k.a. Mabon.

In the Medicine Wheel it is related to the West, the place of the Setting Sun.

Which corresponds with LIBRA in the Zodiac, the energy we are moving into now with the Fall Equinox: LIBRA rules in the horoscope the 7th house above the Western horizon – the astrological field related to one-on-one relationships with significant others in our lives.

 

In the Southern hemisphere, SPRING returns.

Happy Spring Equinox, dear friends in the Southern Lands of Planet Earth!

 

 

Would you like to explore the FALL 2017 Astro Weather, in a circle, and as it shows up in YOUR life? 
Come join us in the Fall 2017 Astro Parlour, next Tue Sept 26!
Here is the FB Event. All welcome, and online participation possible.

 

If you’d like to tune in astrologically, whether there’s an outer ‘occasion’ and change, or you just have ‘that calling’ I invite you to get in touch.
I’m happy to support you being re-aligned and re-empowered, on your own path, and in relationships.

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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Beltane Blessings!

1 May
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Celtic Wheel of the Year, with Yule, Imbolc, Ostara, BELTANE, Litha, Lughnassad, Mabon, Samhain.

The TAURUS Super New Moon on April 26 prepared the ground for BELTANE, the mid-Spring Celtic, Pagan festival on April 30 / May 1 (in the middle of TAURUS) that traditionally honours and celebrates fertility and fecundity of Nature!

 

 

The Green Man appears, May Pole dances weave the masculine and feminine energies together. Jumping over the Beltane (which means ‘bright fire’) bonfires kindles passion and fertility, while the Beltane ashes have protective powers.

 

MayPoleMay_Pole_DanceMay Pole

Brings back sweet memories of May Pole dancing / weaving and Beltane Fire jumping at the Corunum Yurt, outside of Victoria, a few years ago. Precious Traditions in Community.
HAPPY BELTANE SEASON, dear Friends near and far!

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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Spring Equinox March 20, 2017 :: Happy Astrological New Year!

18 Mar

We have a date with Spring:
The SUN enters ARIES this year on March 20 at 3:39 am PDT!

 

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It is the Astrological New Year (SUN enters ARIES)!

Happy New Year, Astrology Friends out there!

 

SPRING EQUINOX is the day of equal daylight and night hours, from which day onward the days are getting longer than the nights, in the Northern hemisphere – the reign of the SUN over the next 6 months until Fall Equinox.
It is one of the sacred Corner Stones of the natural yearly cycle
(with its two Equinoxes, and two Solstices).

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Celtic Wheel of the Year, with OSTARA / Spring Equinox, Beltane, Litha, Lughnassad, Mabon, Samhain, Yule, and Imbolc.

 

Easter (celebrated on the Sunday after the First Full Moon in Spring) was named after Ostara!
Yep, Easter is one of the few Christian festivals based on the Solunar calendar.
This year, the first Spring Full Moon will be on April 10, and April 16 will be Easter Sunday!

 

 

 

 

The spirit of Newness and Liberation is building, as the SUN enters ARIES, to approach URANUS (once a year!). Their encounter will be on Apr 13, shortly after the LIBRA – ARIES Full MOON on Apr 10.
And before that, on March 27, will be the First New Moon of the Astrological Year, with VENUS, SUN, MOON, URANUS, and MERCURY all in ARIES!
Quite the firecracker kickstarter, and breakthrough catalyst!

But patience please (I know, it’s hard for lightning fast ARIES), we’re not quite there yet! More about the ARIES NEW MOON in the next Astro~News dedicated specifically to that. Stay tuned.

 

Wanna take a peek at the SPRING EQUINOX 2017 chart?

Voila!

 

Spring Equinox 2017

 

A few things strike:

  • Very fiery indeed – fresh Spirit ignites us, and shows the Path.
  • SUN / VENUS retro (they unite, for a ‘New Venus’ on March 25!) / MERCURY, and also URANUS in ARIES – preparing for the ARIES New Moon!
    Get ready for major paradigm shifts and liberating renewal.
    Rather than being so oriented towards ‘them’ take the first step, find inner values, be pro-active, and attract with your free, authentic nature!
    Begin the Begin!
  • As the SUN has passed CHIRON, vulnerabilities and overwhelm can be let go of – Spring is stirring. Go ahead!
  • Exactly at the Equinox time will be also the monthly MOON / SATURN alignment in late SAG, the Galactic Centre / Centaur (where SATURN sits stationary, to go retro on Apr 6):
    Tap into true inner seeing and wisdom before (or as) you make outer moves.
    What is your authentic path?
  • The Cardinal T-square of Feb / March, with URANUS in ARIES – JUPITER retro in LIBRA – PLUTO in CAP continues, and one of the ‘legs’ of this sharp alignment pattern, JUPITER square PLUTO, will be for the 2nd time exact on March 30:
    SO many choices, and always new ones popping up like buds in Spring – choosing wisely to find true blue compatibility, go for quality, integrity, and longevity! What would the inner master / guru / avatar inspire you to?
  • MARS in TAURUS (March 9 – Apr 21) enhances our desire for a slow, steady, solid, grounded approach, and to relax and enjoy Spring with all our senses!
    So needed, with all the ARIES and Cardinal energy!
  • Well, one more tension configuration: LILITH in early SAG squares the Nodal axis (now fading):
    Where does our intrinsic freedom direct us? How does Self Awareness (North Node on the Sphinx Point) come in? Simply put: Knowing who you are and what works for you helps you let go of what’s overwhelming and chaotic, and be free to move ahead from the Heart, and from the inside-out.

 
As VENUS is retro (until Apr 15), JUPITER in VENUS ruled LIBRA is also retro (until June 9), and SATURN in SAG goes retro for Spring and early Summer (Apr 6 – Aug 25) (not mentioning – now I do – MERCURY retro (Apr 9 – May 3) on the AR – TAU ‘Settling Point’), I wouldn’t suggest entering significant new long-term commitments at this time, but rather find purpose in ‘unfinished’ / revisited, important, timely tasks from the heart, and come with a fresh approach. The inner preparation for new structures and ventures is supported, of course.


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May the Heart lead the way!
SEE you in Spring!

 

 

 

 

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

 

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On March 19 – the day before Spring Equinox!

 

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* Imbolc / St. Brigid’s on Feb 2! Mid-Winter Blessings!

2 Feb

Now, as the daylight hours are getting obviously longer, the middle of Winter is soon reached, as well as the midpoint of Aquarius: We’re celebrating Candlemas, Imbolc / Brigid’s Day and Groundhog Day (Feb 2).

In the Gaelic / Celtic Calendar, Imbolc is one of the 4 fixed Power Points of the Zodiac year!

 

In many areas of the Celtic world, this was the Fire Feast of Brigid the Irish goddess of hearth and home.
She is the keeper of the flame, the protector of the home, and a goddess of holy wells and springs. At Imbolc, her many aspects are being acknowledged, especially that of her role as a deity of transformation. As the world awakes from the dark slumber of Winter, it is time to cast off the chill of the past, and welcome the warmth of Spring.

Ahh, goes well together with VENUS entering ARIES on Feb 3!

 

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Image: Celtic Wheel of the Year, with the Equinoxes, Solstices and mid-season / cross quarter holidays: Beltane, Luchnassad, Samhain, and Imbolc / Candlemas / Brigid’s Day

 

Here in Victoria snow drops and even of the first cherry blossom variety have been sighted!

 

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The ground is greening again.

Brigid’s blessings….

 

 

© 2017 by Melanie Lichtinger

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